BACKSTAAAGE’S LOVEBOX 2017 EXPERIENCE
Last weekend, we celebrated 15 years of glitter, love, hugs and appreciation, topped off with layers of music and laughs at Lovebox in Victoria Park. The two day event was a massive love in and admittedly I saw just a dusting of the acts I had planned to see but there were some unforgettable performances that made us lose control and who truly stand for the BackstAAAge ethos.
Not having visited Lovebox in two years or so the set up was slightly different to what I remembered but it was different in a good way… it just meant I didn’t realise where three stage areas were, so I kept it simple with the main, Transistor and Noisey areas, let’s call these places the hub as everything was close to it… bars, food stalls, toilets, oh and funfair rides. The minutes turned into hours in the blink of an eye but that’s festival life and the summer season for you.
Who caught DJ EZ spinning for 24 hours in 2016? We were with him on and off for 12 hours, so his set in East London was never going to be enough, merging Old Skool House, Disco, UKG and Hip Hop, the crowds were in their element and EZ’s signature head bop and serious concentration penetrated audiences! Our Made in the Manor geez Kano set crowds alight as he took us from ‘P’s & Q’s,’ and ‘Nite Nite’ to ‘This Is England’ and ‘Made in The Manor’ with his suave elocution of passionate lyrics… his stage was lit.
There was Grime, good vibes and plenty of Smirnoff flowing at the Smirnoff area, as we got down with DJ’s spinning the likes of Stormzy, J Hus and Donae’O,
Getting a bit too hyped, we thought we should chill things out at the sickest looking area we’ve seen from Lovebox at the Transistor stage, which looked like sound technicians had supersized guitar amps and tuners… it was legit like we’d been shrunk like ‘Honey I shrunk the kids.’ Whilst we were there we saw the likes of Andy C and Kolsch for House, Techno and bad basslines. Doing it for the girls (and I am absolutely gutted I didn’t get to see them) was ‘Waiting In Line’ Raye, ‘Alarm’ Anne- Marie, ‘Right Here’ Jess Glynne and Radio One DJ and Lost & Found festival curator Annie.
My dons Kurupt Fm gathered the masses to my annoyance, as it meant I missed any form of Champagne Spray at the front of the stage (the lads tend to shake up a bottle or two in the style of Formula Racing winners)… it’s all fun and games isn’t it! Staying in the back had it’s bonuses though too, there was plenty of space to skank and put the K’s up.
I think something was in the air at this Lovebox if I’m honest, there was so much love given, so many compliments, so many hugs and high fives… maybe it was the extremely responsible drinking *cough cough* but there was no beef, no discrimination, just a community of music lovers with amazing style.
As the sky turned a dusky blue and fire lit the stage, Chase & Status emerged notorious and at this point I did not give a second thought when I couldn’t see the rest of my squad.There’s something about Chase & Status, they can combine all sorts of genres, Electronic, Drum ‘N’ Bass and Dubstep, to create something that is uplifting, or something that feels so full of emotion. It definitely helps when they feature so many talented singers including Emeli Sande who graced the stage, as well as their MC Rage, the man who orchestrated the ending of all endings.
Lovebox you had the ground shaking and we love you for it!